In the second part of this series, artists Kione Kochi and Anaïs Duplan discuss the role of biography and autobiography in the writing of manifestos and how their own biographies influence them during ManifeStation, a temporary manifesto-writing service held at Flux Factory. Read the first part in this series in the February issue.
Choose one of the people we interviewed. In your own words, tell his/her/their life-story. Then read an excerpt from his/her/their manifesto that you think correlates particularly well to that person’s biography.
Anaïs Duplan: Jack Grange had, perhaps, the most enthralling biography – and of course, Jack Grange isn’t his real name; he asked us not to mention him by name, because he used to be a practicing physician. One of the first things he said was, “There’s no use talking about the future because it doesn’t exist.” It was at that moment that I leaned forward in my chair and everything else in the room disappeared for me.
On October 18-19, 2014, artists Kione Kochi and Anaïs Duplan offered a temporary manifesto-writing service at Utopia School, “a month-long social center hosted at Flux Factory for the purpose of studying Utopian experiments throughout time, as well as practicing our skills towards building new free spaces and practices.” DuringManifeStation, Kochi and Duplan held thirty-minute interviews with Utopia School participants and visitors. In the ensuing weeks, they collaborated on a manifesto for each interviewee, writing twenty manifestos in total. This is the first of three conversations on ManifeStation. In this first conversation, Kochi and Duplan interview each other on the experience at Flux Factory and driving forces behind ManifeStation. Next month, they speak to the role of (auto)biography in manifesto-writing.